Headley Court

A £300 million upgrade will see the world-class defence rehabilitation services currently delivered at Headley Court move to a new and larger facility at Stanford Hall in Loughborough

Stanford Hall
Stanford Hall

From the video

Aerial footage of the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) at Stanford Hall near Loughborough, Lincolnshire. Showing the south facade of the building.

 

No information on what will happen to Headley Court, a location that has benefited from considerable charitable donations but this will be a short drive from Birmingham with good communication linkss and an obvious improvement in facilities.

Good news

Read more

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/300-million-upgrade-for-defence-rehabilitation-services

http://www.stanfordhallredevelopment.org.uk/

And the charitable dimension

http://www.stanfordhallredevelopment.org.uk/how-will-it-be-funded/the-charitable-dimension.aspx

You didn’t think it was all funded from the MoD’s budget did you?

 

 

 

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tweckyspat
July 17, 2014 6:49 am

Good old Duke of Westminster ! it’s a bit more of a donation to the MOD than his infamous FFR Range Rover in the 80s.

Gloomy Northern Boy
Gloomy Northern Boy
July 17, 2014 9:41 am

– In fairness, didn’t he or his predecessor buy his own armoured car when commanding a yeomanry unit? Or is that an urban myth…

More certainly, he did give a particularly unappetising London Borough legal kicking when they decided to sell some “Workmen’s Housing” to yuppies twenty-some years ago. A previous Duke had built it to help alleviate urban poverty and then subsequently passed it to said borough to manage…but with a covenant to secure it’s continued use for the purpose intended. The Borough concerned hoped to make a hefty profit (and displace some likely Labour voters) and assumed he either wouldn’t notice or wouldn’t care. They discovered to their considerable cost that rich Dukes of ancient lineage don’t miss much, and take a very different view of Noblesse Oblige than the average loadsamoney spiv… :-)

GNB

tweckyspat
July 17, 2014 10:29 am

Ex Certain Shield 1991 Germany. Dof W was CO Royal Yeomanry and deffo deployed in his FFR RangeRover. One of the RY OCdts was a plummy doris called Phyllida … who took quite a lot of banter for not being very useful until she mentioned her surname was de la Billiere, (yes, that one)

Gloomy Northern Boy
Gloomy Northern Boy
July 17, 2014 10:47 am

– Officers normally provided their own horses (although in later years they might have got a War Office allowance)…and rich and fashionable Cavalry CO’s very often purchased troop-horses as well as supplementing the issued kit to secure a smart appearance that would reflect well on them…perhaps we could re-introduce that approach in order to finance the current iteration of the vehicle renewal programme? :-)

GNB

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July 17, 2014 11:10 am

@ GNB

Real soldiers always buy their own personal equipment. You can’t expect experts to deploy with lowest bidder kit designed by committee do you? Compare and contrast an NCO buying his boots and fighting order over using issued equipment, DoW and his FFR Rangy, and FRES……………..

As Phil said in the Marchwood thread we forget that at one time war was very much an enterprise supported by private capital. In that instance he was talking about business supporting the forces for a profit. ** And the soldier buying his own kit, be it an officer or long serving enlisted, is just an an example of private capital expended for personnel efficiency, comfort, and most often with dollop of pride in getting the job done properly.

** Of course it was the RN that got this balance between state and private capital right.

tweckyspat
July 17, 2014 11:25 am

Don’t get me wrong. I think the D of W is great and if a CO wishes to use his own means to procure his personal transport then so be it !

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July 17, 2014 12:36 pm

tweckyspat said “Don’t get me wrong. I think the D of W is great and if a CO wishes to use his own means to procure his personal transport then so be it !”

I think both GNB and I agree with you. From what I have seen of him he is a nice person. Actually his demeanour is reflective of that of many of our dwindling upper class I have come across.

Gloomy Northern Boy
Gloomy Northern Boy
July 17, 2014 12:43 pm

– If you gather together a barking of conspiracy theorists, you will always find a goodly number who insist on the continuing, secret and sinister influence of the House of Windsor…their ability to deploy the Secret Service hither and yon pretty much as they wish, their reptilian proclivities and what-not.

Seeing HMtQ in that guise…reflecting on her engagement with national life, and her contribution over almost eighty years…and seeing that rather steely glint in her eye…I rather wish it was true to be honest..! :-)

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
July 17, 2014 1:50 pm

Is the Duke of Westminster still the ACDS Reserve Forces & Cadets at Main Building?

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July 17, 2014 3:47 pm
tweckyspat
July 17, 2014 9:22 pm

Not sure a picture of a politician in a tank is quite the same thing …. I don’t think the CO RY was trying to set up a photo op in his range rover FFR, he just felt it was a better vehicle for the job!

Kent
Kent
July 17, 2014 9:47 pm

We have our own politicians who like to ride in tanks…

http://cheezburger.com/2219444480

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July 17, 2014 9:55 pm

Du-cac-is……what a guy.

Bombhead
Bombhead
July 18, 2014 1:28 pm

I seem to remeber back around 2003 – when I was at Headley getting treatetment – that Defence Estates had a cunning plan to sell the quarters for loadsa money only to find out that they couldn’t as it didn’t belong to them . On a different note DMRC is an essential facility where ever it’s located – I went through 2 lots of ‘Inter Spines’ which, along with Headley trained Remedial Therapists on Unit, kept me fuctioning and deployable until I left….I wish the same could be said of the NHS…3 years out and I needed surgery and can barely deploy to the pub…military coventant..mmmm